The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 1

Stark Raving Dad (19 Sep. 1991)

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Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.



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Episode cast overview:
Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Apu / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Kipp Lennon ...
Leon Kompowsky (singing voice)
Leon Kompowsky (voice) (as John Jay Smith)


Bart puts his lucky red cap in the laundry, turning Homer's white shirt pink. When he wears the pink shirt to work, Homer is sent to a mental institution where his roommate is a big fat white guy who believes himself to be Michael Jackson. Homer's roommate and Bart collaborate on a song for Lisa's birthday-which she believes to be the best present she ever got. Written by Tiff Banks

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This was the second time that a major celebrity guest appeared on the series. The first was Dustin Hoffman who appeared in The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute (1991) credited as "Sam Etic". Following Jackson's use of a pseudonym, the producers no longer allowed celebrities to use fake names. See more »


Leon Kompowsky: You know Bart, when I was growing up I didn't have much money. So you know what I did every time my sisters' birthdays rolled around?
Bart: Stiffed them?
Leon Kompowsky: No Bart, I wrote them a song to show them I cared.
Bart: I can't write a song! I'm only ten.
Leon Kompowsky: ONLY ten?, When I was your age, I had six Gold records.
Bart: Hey, Looney Tunes!
[pulls out the Thriller album]
Bart: THIS is what Michael Jackson looks like! You just look like a big, fat mental patient!
Leon Kompowsky: You'd be amazed how often I hear that, Bart.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Beat It
Written by Michael Jackson
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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An Excellent Start to the Third Season!
1 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the third season of the Simpsons and after a lackluster finale to the second season, the third season is starting off very strong. This episode is funny and actually musical-based. We get a guest talent from the late Michael Jackson who actually sings an original song here. Plus we get good cultural references and I was reminded of one of the great films of 1975, One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In this episode, "Stark-Raving Dad," Bart mixes his red hat in the laundry thus making Homer's shirt white. When he goes into work with the pink shirt, Mr. Burns declares him a "free-thinking anarchist," and sends him to a mental institution. There he meets this guy who claims to be Michael Jackson and together they forge a friendship.

Overall, this is an excellent episode and actually is really touching. Michael's song is a really good song and it's a shame the Simpsons tried to keep his guest appearance quiet. I rate this episode 9/10.

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